Before becoming a children's book author, Jack Kent drew a daily comic strip during the 50s and 60s that ran throughout North America called King Aroo. Today marks the release of the first book in a multiple volume series which will eventually reprint the entire strip. King Aroo Volume One covers all the daily and Sunday comics from 1950-1952 and gives a pretty thorough history of Jack's early life and work.
Coincidentally, I approached the editor of our local alternative weekly about doing a story on Jack Kent (as he was one of San Antonio's finest!), and all of it happened to come together and correspond with the release of the book. So without further blah blah, click here and enjoy the little ditty I wrote up for the San Antonio Current to celebrate the man's life. And if you live in the area, be sure and pick up a copy. All you children's book (and comics) fans should enjoy it. Let me know what you think!
(Tune in tomorrow for a blog post by Jack's only son Jack Jr., who's gonna share a little more on how the artist worked and lived, and stick around today for a few more book reviews!)